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Balaclava 1854 : The Charge of the Light Brigade
(Campaign Series, No. 6)
by John Sweetman. Paperback
Paperback: 96 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 9.81 x 7.29
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 0850459613; (October 1990)

The Charge of the Light Brigade
by John Sweetman
The Charge of the Light Brigade, famously immortalized by Tennyson, lasted only 20 minutes from beginning to end and was but one of the three dramatic phases of the Battle of Balaclava. John Sweetman describes this dashing series of actions, including "The Thin Red Line" and the Charge of the Heavy Brigade, as the Anglo-French army besieging the Crimean port of Sebastopol defended its supply base from Russian attack. The Publisher.

The Charge : Why the Light Brigade Was Lost
by Mark Adkin
Hardcover: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.19 x 9.52 x 6.39
Leo Cooper; ISBN: 0850524695; (March )

Crimea : The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856
by Trevor Royle
The mid-19th-century Crimean War, pitting England, France, and less powerful allies against Russia, was one of the first major international wars in history. In the execution, it was none too inspiring. As Trevor Royle writes in his sweeping study of the conflict, "it encompassed maladministration on a grand scale and human suffering, if not without parallel then at least minutely recorded by the watching war correspondents"--the war being the first as well to have been widely reported. It was, a contemporary British journal put it, a war of "lions led by donkeys," young men commanded by doddering veterans of the Napoleonic campaigns who served in an unlikely alliance. The English officers, Royle writes, could never shake the habit of calling their French comrades "the enemy," and never quite trusted them, either.

The result was carnage: not only the loss of a good portion of the Light Brigade in the most famous--but not the most inept--incident of the war, but also the destruction of whole regiments left to blunder about in the fog and smoke, thanks to their commanders' inadequate intelligence-gathering efforts. Not much changed at war's end. In the eventual peace treaty, France and England and Russia kept their territories more or less intact, and the struggle for power between Russia and the neighboring Ottoman Empire, in whose defense France and England had ostensibly gone to war, stretched out for another generation. It ended with a Russian victory that allowed Russia to assume control of Turkish holdings in the Balkans, which, Royle notes, lay the seeds for still another international conflict, World War I.

Royle does a fine job of negotiating through the many complexities, diplomatic and military, of the Crimean War. His descriptions of battlefield tactics (or the lack thereof) are among the best in the literature. More comprehensive than Robert B. Edgerton's Death or Glory: The Legacy of the Crimean War, Royle's Crimea is likely to stand as an enduring work on this strange, wasteful conflict. --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover: 564 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.77 x 9.61 x 6.62
St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312230796;

Eyewitness in the Crimea : The Crimean War Letters (1854-1856) of Lt. Col. George Frederick Dallas Sometime Captain, 46th Foot, and AdC to Sir Robert
by Michael Hargreave Mawson (Editor)
Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.15 x 9.48 x 6.34
Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal; ISBN: 1853674508; (April )
Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer
by Barbara Montgomery Dossey
Listed under Florence Nightingale

The Crimean War (Osprey Essential Histories)
by John Sweetman

The Crimean War (The War Correspondents)
by Andrew D. Lambert, Stephen Badsey (Contributor)

The Crimean War
by R. L. V. Ffrench Blake, et al

The Crimean War (World History Series)
by Deborah Bachrach
(Library Binding)

The Crimean War 1853-1856 (Modern Wars)
by Winfried Baumgart

Death or Glory : The Legacy of the Crimean War
by Robert B. Edgerton

Death or Glory: The Legacy of the Crimean War
by Robert B. Edgerton

The Drummer Boy's Battle (Trailblazer Books)
by Dave Jackson, et al

Head Dress of the British Heavy Cavalry (Dragoons) 1842-1922 : Dragoon Guards, Household, and Yeomanry Cavalry, 1842-1934 (Schiffer Military History)
by David J. Rowe
Listed under British Uniforms

MARCHING TO THE DRUMS: Eyewitness Accounts of War from the Charge of the Light Brigade to the Siege of Ladysmith
by Ian Knight (Editor), edited by Ian Knight

The Origins of the Crimean War (Origins of Modern Wars)
by David M. Goldfrank
(Textbook Binding)

Reason Why/the Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade
by Cecil Woodham-Smith, C. Woodham Smith
(Paperback - June 1987)

The Sebastopol Sketches (Penguin Classics)
by Leo Tolstoy, David McDuff (Photographer)
(Paperback - July 1986)

Historical Dictionary of the Crimean War (Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest, 19)
by Guy Arnold, John Worronoff (Editor)

The Ultimate Spectacle : A Visual History of the Crimean War (Documenting the Image)
by Ulrich Keller

The Russian Army of the Crimean War, 1854-56
(Men-At-Arms Series, No. 241)
Robert H.G. Thomas, Richard Scollins (Illustrator)
Paperback / Published 1995
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